Posted by Dan Kane on February 19, 2015
The contract UNC-Chapel Hill recently struck with a high-powered law firm shows its first priority is helping with the academic fraud scandal, which has prompted at least three lawsuits.
It says the New York-based Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom law firm's work involves "representing the University in litigation, investigation, accreditation, regulatory and other matters arising out of and related to the academic improprieties" found in former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein's 131-page investigative report. That investigation found 18 years of classes in the African and Afro-American studies department that had no instruction and provided high grades for little or no work.
The contract was released Thursday to The News & Observer after it filed a public records request. The contract also shows the firm could also be called upon to help UNC in a lawsuit that alleges reverse discrimination in admissions as well as complaints about the university's handling of sexual assault cases that have prompted a federal investigation.
Posted on February 2, 2015
Gov. Pat McCrory is still reviewing the pardon application submitted Sept. 11 by Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, who spent three decades in prison before being declared innocent and freed in September, according to a spokesman Monday.
Posted by Dan Kane on December 10, 2014
Two congressmen question the NCAA’s policy of staying out of academic fraud cases if they fully involve all students.
Posted by Dan Kane on November 18, 2014
The amount of money UNC is spending on outside public relations in the wake of the academic fraud scandal is crossing past $2 million. A one-year contract with Edelman lists general public relations services, but the firm had 14 employees handling the recent Wainstein report into the academic fraud scandal.